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The Resource Losing touch : a man without his body, Jonathan Cole

Losing touch : a man without his body, Jonathan Cole

Label
Losing touch : a man without his body
Title
Losing touch
Title remainder
a man without his body
Statement of responsibility
Jonathan Cole
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"What is like to live without touch or movement/position sense (proprioception)? The only way to understand the importance of these senses, so familiar we cannot imagine their absence, is to ask someone in that position. Ian Waterman lost them below the neck over forty years ago, though pain and temperature perception and his peripheral movement nerves were unaffected. Without proprioceptive feedback and touch the movement brain was disabled. Completely unable to move, he felt disembodied and frightened. Then, slowly, he taught himself to dress, eat and walk by thinking about each movement and with visual supervision. In Losing Touch, the narrative moves between biography and scientific research, theatre, documentary and zero gravity. He has been married three times, and built up successful careers in disability access audit, using his impairment to his advantage, and in rare turkey breeding and journalism. The neuroscience has led to data on movement without feedback, the pleasantness of touch, gesture, pain and body orientation in space. The account shows how the science was actually done but also reveals Ian's journey from passive subject to informed critic of science and scientists and that the science has given him both more understanding but also greater confidence personally. His unique response to such a rare condition has also led to a BBC documentary, theatrical portrayals and a weightless flight with NASA. As a young man he sought triumph over his impairment; now, nearly 65, he has more mature reflections on living with such an extraordinary loss, the limits it has imposed and the opportunities it has enabled. He gives his views on scientists and on others he has met including Oliver Sacks and Peter Brook. In an Afterword those from science, the arts and philosophy give an appreciation of his contribution. The book is the result of nearly 30 years close collaboration between author and subject."--
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
NLM
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1951-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Cole, Jonathan
Dewey number
152.3092
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QP454
LC item number
.C65 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2016 H-278
  • WL 520
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Waterman, Ian
  • Waterman, Ian
  • Sensory neurons
  • Perceptual-motor processes
  • Touch
  • Proprioception
  • PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology & Cognition
Label
Losing touch : a man without his body, Jonathan Cole
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 147-164) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
List of illustrations and figures -- Introduction -- Like breathing -- Z-axis and the tombstone -- French connections -- Hungry -- L'homme qui -- "The man who lost his body" -- Going parabolic: the pull of zero gravity -- Perfect day -- Throwaways: gesture in Chicago -- Feeling the warmth -- Nothing lost -- Afterword: personal perspectives -- Notes -- Glossary -- Index
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiv, 176 pages
Isbn
9780198778875
Lccn
2016942681
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)945390565
  • (OCoLC)ocn945390565
  • 2799019
Label
Losing touch : a man without his body, Jonathan Cole
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 147-164) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
List of illustrations and figures -- Introduction -- Like breathing -- Z-axis and the tombstone -- French connections -- Hungry -- L'homme qui -- "The man who lost his body" -- Going parabolic: the pull of zero gravity -- Perfect day -- Throwaways: gesture in Chicago -- Feeling the warmth -- Nothing lost -- Afterword: personal perspectives -- Notes -- Glossary -- Index
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiv, 176 pages
Isbn
9780198778875
Lccn
2016942681
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)945390565
  • (OCoLC)ocn945390565
  • 2799019

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